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Title
Drying techniques of probiotic bacteria as an important step towards the development of novel pharmabiotics
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Abstract
The increasing knowledge about the human microbiome leads to the awareness of how important probiotics can be for our health. Although further substantiation is required, it appears that several pathologies could be treated or prevented by the administration of pharmaceutical formulations containing such live health-beneficial bacteria. These pharmabiotics need to provide their effects until the end of shelf life, which can be optimally achieved by drying them before further formulation. However, drying processes, including spray-, freeze-, vacuum- and fluidized bed drying, induce stress on probiotics, thus decreasing their viability. Several protection strategies can be envisaged to enhance their viability, including addition of protective agents, controlling the process parameters and prestressing the probiotics prior to drying. Moreover, probiotic viability needs to be maintained during long-term storage. Overall, lower storage temperature and low moisture content result in good survival rates. Attention should also be given to the rehydration conditions of the dried probiotics, as this can exert an important effect on their revival. By describing not only the characteristics, but also the viability results obtained by the most relevant drying techniques in the probiotic industry, we hope to facilitate the deliberate choice of drying process and protection strategy for specific probiotic and pharmabiotic applications.
Language
English
Source (journal)
International journal of pharmaceutics. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2016
ISSN
0378-5173
Volume/pages
505:1/2(2016), p. 303-318
ISI
000376695900034
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UAntwerpen
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ProCure : Defining the future of probiotics for upper respiratory tract diseases.
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 25.04.2016
Last edited 15.11.2017
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